Employees will always need a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license. If for some reason the employee or candidate does not take an acceptable photo ID, the employer’s Designated Employer Representative (DER) may identify him or her over the telephone. The donor will also need to have test which may consist of a [...]
Yep. It happens. We catch a lot of them, but some inevitably slip though. Remember that your drug testing program is mostly about deterrence. We get a fair number of positives, but there would be a lot more drug use if there were no testing at all. A number of safeguards in the collection process [...]
Labs conduct specimen validity testing which detects adulterants. With hair and oral fluid testing, adulteration is much more difficult than with urine.
My employee apologized for his positive drug test. Claimed he was at a party and did something stupid and it won’t happen again. I really don’t think he needs treatment. Can’t I just send him in for another test?
If he’s a regulated employer, no. A regulated employee (e.g. driver, under FMCSA) must complete the Return-to-Duty process. If he wants to return to work as a driver, he must contact a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and complete the Return-to-Duty process — even if he is not hired or is terminated. Your company’s drug and [...]
You must be enrolled in a DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing consortium and must have a negative pre-employment drug test. Requirements for supervisor training are for companies where the owner is not the sole driver. Owner Operators are required to register in the FMCSA Clearinghouse. AND to select a C/TPA. If you fail or [...]
My husband is the only one who drives. Does he really have to read the policy and sign the acknowledgement form?
The regulations require that every driver receive a policy meeting specific requirements. The regulations also require that employers obtain a receipt signed by the driver to verify that he has received the drug and alcohol program requirements. These rules apply to all employers, even owner-operators. [49 CFR Part 382.601].
Are drug and alcohol testing requirements for small companies the same as those for companies with large fleets?
Yes indeed. The drug and alcohol testing regulations address and apply to motor carriers of all sizes equally, whether there is only one driver or many drivers. [49 CFR Part 382].
A Custody and Control Form, often called a CCF, is what documents the chain of custody of a specimen. In its paper form, it is a five-part form. Page one is the Lab Copy. Page 2 is for the MRO. Page 3 is the Employer Copy. Page 4 is for the Collector and the last [...]
At first glance, Federal and Non-Federal CCFs look similar. A Federal Form — the type of form used for all DOT testing – says “Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form” at the top. A Non-Federal Form says “Forensic Custody and Control Form.” The name of the laboratory (Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, Alere, CRL, MedTox, etc.) [...]
If the driver has been selected for a Random test, and you do not want to wait for him or her to return to your area so that he or she can get a CCF, we can still get the testing completed. If it is for a drug test only (no alcohol), you can order [...]